Deer Valley is a giant-killer. With only 1,750 acres, this ski area could slip into the parka pocket of such mega-resorts as Whistler or Vail-which have taken turns at the top of SKI's reader surveys for more than a decade.
In 1981, Deer Valley founder Edgar Stern launched a ski resort based on a precept from the luxury hotel trade: Guests want to be pampered. This season, Deer Valley celebrates its 20th anniversary as the No. 2 resort in North America.